During the summer the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced that body-worn cameras will be made compulsory for High Court Enforcement Officers and certified enforcement agents, otherwise known as bailiffs.
The changes are being made as a result of an MoJ review of enforcement agent (bailiff) reforms.
The date for the introduction of bailiff body cams has not yet been set but the aim is to improve the treatment of people in debt, providing reassurance and protecting bailiffs and debtors.
Around 2,500 certificated bailiffs will have to wear the body cams, but the change will not apply to county court bailiffs, as they are employed by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service and are outside the scope of the review.
Further recommendations being considered by the MoJ include:
- How people can make complaints against bailiffs. The MoJ considers that there are several barriers in the current complaints process that may deter complaints being made.
- The role that independent regulation of bailiffs could potentially play to make sure vulnerable debtors are treated fairly.
The MoJ will also be working with the Treasury to implement a 60-day ‘breathing space’ period for individual debtors, during which time they must seek professional advice, and creditors will not be permitted to chase payments.